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That FiveThirtyEight.com Party Politics Piece Had Interesting Graphics

Earlier today I posted a piece from fivethirtyeight.com on Facebook called “The End of the Republican Party,” by Clare Malone, July 18, 2016. The article is very good, I thought, but you can read it yourself to make your own mind. What I found really instructive and helpful was the charts and maps included: the …

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Konnikova’s Trump: The Dark Triad

I wrote a post week or so ago about Dan McAdam’s view of Trump (narcissism, disagreeableness and grandiosity), but I want to forward another account of who Trump is–that by Maria Konnikova, my favorite writing psychologist, whose new book is Maria Konnikova, The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for it . . . Every Time, …

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More on Dan P. McAdams’ View of Trump: a Summary of his Atlantic Article

Dan P. McAdams,  “The Mind of Donald Trump: Narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity—a psychologist investigates how Trump’s extraordinary personality might shape his possible presidency,” The Atlantic, June, 2016. From McAdams’ analysis of Trump’s personality, he seems to be telling us that Trump is not interested in the presidency for some gnawing reason of ideological policy making: Trump …

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Country Moves from Frustration to Anger, and from Anger to . . . what?

I finally thought about what was going on the United States today, trying to pull myself back from the life of watching all the horrors around us, and instead looking for the trajectory that got us here.  I can just see our ideological distribution pulling itself apart to two more and more extremes, sort of …

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Disciplined When It Comes to Message . . ! Well, No Exactly.

Chris Cillizza has a video clip explaining why Trump forces chose Mike Pence for his vice presidential pick: Pence has serious social conservative credentials. Pence is the governor of Indiana — and Trump needs the Midwest. Pence served in Congress and still has friends there. Pence has a strong connections to the Koch brothers. Pence …

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In the Middle of an Election, a Supreme Court Justice says WHAT?

I am having fewer and fewer good moments in the run up to November. Trump has been successful in gutting out his “strategy” of remaining true to who he really is: a fourth grade bully with a third graders knowledge of American law, other societies and cultures around the world, and everything not in his …

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It Takes the Horror of Trump to Sort Out the Right’s Commentators

As you know, it is my view that my former place of residence, OU, has a significant percentage of faculty who would rather be caught buttfucking a stray dog on the South Oval than admitting that a conservative columnist could ever have anything useful to add to any deliberation.  But I don’t share that point …

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One Historian Explained Trump and Trumpism in 1962

One of the most important books of my college years was Daniel Boorstin’s, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America. Daniel Boorstin, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America. 1962. Published in 1962, it was a social historian’s reaction to the Kennedy-Nixon election in terms of our television mediation.  To me Boorstin’s message …

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Popular Girls and Lice vs. Populists and Their Hero

Catch your attention?  Ya, I know it did.  That, however, is what this post is about: trying to get other people’s attention. First, though, let me dispose of the title of this post:  one of the alerting services I signed up for was ScienceDaily’s emailed newsletter (plus hyperlinks back to its web site stories of …

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What Trump Might Also Be Saying that is Resonating

An interesting article just appeared in The Guardian by Thomas Frank, the journalist who you will remember from over a decade ago who gave us the book, What’s the Matter with Kansas?   Published yesterday, Frank’s piece is entitled “Millions of Ordinary Americans Support Donald Trump. Here’s Why.”  The Guardian, March 7, 2016. Frank starts out …

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The Authoritarian Style of Trump and His “Fans” is Real

Just yesterday I tripped over another web article about Trump and his authoritarianism: Amanda Taub, “The Rise of American Authoritarianism,” Vox.com, March 1, 2016. [Aside: You may decide for yourself about Taub’s credentials, but I”ll tell you she is a heavy blogger of liberal causes, and her educational background is stellar: a bachelors from University …

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